New Headteacher support

New Headteacher support

Buckinghamshire Council and the Buckinghamshire Academy for School Leadership (BASL) work together to provide a programme of support for those new to headship in Buckinghamshire.

The programme includes:

  • Early Career Headship Programme
  • Free CPD events
  • Free BASL membership
  • Free mentoring by an experienced Buckinghamshire Headteacher

Events are by invitation and you will be contacted on an individual basis. For more information about the offer, or to provide information about a recent appointment, please contact us at 

Early Career Headship Programme

We are pleased to offer a support programme which includes CPD sessions, School Improvement guidance and a welcome to the Buckinghamshire Council support teams. These will be a mixture of online and face-to-face sessions where new headteachers will receive guidance in topics such as wellbeing, safeguarding, finance, HR, governors and admissions.
CPD sessions will focus on wellbeing, people-management and building relationships. The programme details will be sent out to all new Headteachers upon appointment.
School Improvement sessions will be led by the BC Advisers and cover topics such as ‘The Role of the Headteacher’, ‘Leadership and Management of Safeguarding’ and ‘Preparing for Ofsted’.


Friday 21st April, Adrian Bethune webinar
Friday 23rd June, End of Year 1 celebration conference, details to be confirmed

BASL membership

As a new headteacher or a headteacher new to Buckinghamshire your school is offered free BASL membership for the academic year. 

BASL membership offers you discounted:

  • rate for the BASL Annual Conference for School Leaders
  • access to a programme of up to 3 half‐day leadership seminars this academic year


Buckinghamshire Council funding enables BASL to offer up to 12 hours face to face mentoring to new headteachers over their first three terms in post. 

If you choose to accept this offer, you will be paired with an experienced headteacher who has completed mentor training.

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